Eldar E. Djangirov, 28 January 1987, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Writing and performing under his first given name, Eldar is an extraordinary musical talent. Born and raised in the former Soviet Union country of Kyrgyzstan, Eldar began playing piano at the young age of three, taught by his mother, who was a music teacher. Additionally his fathers love of jazz meant that from his early childhood Eldar was exposed to hearing the musicians that would become his future heroes, and would influence and inspire his own music and technique. He moved to the USA with his family in 1998, after earning himself a scholarship at the world renowned Interlochen Centre for Arts in Michigan, having been noticed while playing at a jazz festival in Siberia. He lived with his family in Kansas City, where they had moved largely because of its rich history of jazz and thriving culture. Eldar attended a summer camp at the art school every year between 1998 and 2001.
In his early teens Eldar continued to build on his prodigious talent and developed his musical ability together with the art of composition. He stood out from his fellow students and musicians as someone with a special talent, winning numerous prestigious awards and appeared on television and radio. A record contract was never going to be hard to come by, and he signed to Sony Classical, with his self-titled debut being released on 22 March 2005. It was made up of re-interpretations of jazz standards. Eldars immaculate technique, with his soft fingertip precision, gliding across the keys at breakneck speed, saw him repeatedly compared to his all-time hero, Oscar Peterson, as well countless other musicians including Art Tatum, Herbie Hancock and Brad Mehldau. In May 2006 he released Live At The Blue Note, but it was not until the release of his second studio album Re-Imagination a year later, that Eldar was able to fully express himself. The album was gratefully received by jazz critics and audiences. This accessible record featured Eldar playing alongside three different trios, and appearances from guitarist Mike Moreno and turntablist DJ Logic. This truly multi-dimensional album encapsulated a wide range of jazz styles and dance-like sampling and scratching.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.